NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport first reported Wednesday that Star Lotulelei has a fractured foot and is out for the remainder of the playoffs, according to a source informed of the injury.
Coach Ron Rivera later said that Lotulelei had surgery on a broken bone in his foot after the defensive tackle stepped on someone's foot and rolled his near the end of Tuesday's practice. Rivera added that there is hope that the second-year tackle could play in the Super Bowl, if the Panthers make it that far.
Lotulelei played his best two games of the season down the stretch, after returning to form off a November ankle injury. His play helped lead the Panthers' defense to its two most dominant performances the past couple of weeks.
"It's crazy, but we can't dwell on it," said Short via the Black and Blue Review regarding Lotulelei's injury.